Professor Cameron Stewart coaches Championship Rugby side

24 June 2014

Professor Cameron Stewart pictured far right
Professor Cameron Stewart pictured far right

While we often celebrate our staff and students success with research and learning outcomes, on occasion its worth remembering that both staff and students are involved in a range of community activities.

For example, Professor Cameron Stewart, a rugby union tragic, recently co-coached the Central Coast Under 17s Rugby Union side to victory at both the Country Championships and the NSW State Championships.

"I've been coaching junior rugby for 13 years and this year has been the best year yet" said Cameron.

Cameron co-coached with Central Coast rugby legends Adam Wheeler and Dave Upcroft.

Cameron said, "Having three coaches shouldn't work - but it does for us, primarily because we three are all focused on developing the players and helping them improve.

"We also don't mind a laugh."

The side was the first side to have ever taken out both Country and State Championships, remaining undefeated all year and beating West Harbour in the final 33 -10.

Interestingly, the same weekend Cameron's wife, former Sydney Swift, Nerida Stewart coached her Under 17 Gosford Netball side to win their State championships - another first for the Central Coast.

"It's a bit of a coaching family - I've suggested to Nerida that we should all retire now, because we can't possibly top 2014," Cameron joked.

"Rugby union is not for everyone.

"But the core values of resilience and hard work, resonate strongly with law studies.

"We want our students to be tough and hard working, so I try to bring the same philosophy of coaching to class."